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Commencement

Commencement Commencement

Colgate University will celebrate its 197th commencement with the Class of 2018 on Sunday, May 20.

Commencement Information
Maps and Travel Options
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

A Welcoming Community

A Welcoming Community Diversity & Inclusion

Learning inside and outside the classroom is enhanced by the embrace of diverse opinions, religions, and cultures. At Colgate, students live, learn, and grow. Together.

Diversity And Inclusion
Religion On Campus
LGBTQ Community
In Photos: Campus Life
Mosaic connects Colgate's multicultural alumni community

Access to Academia

Access to Academia's Best Award-Winning Faculty

Colgate faculty members are renowned for their work with students in the classroom and for their dedication to scholarly exploration. They are consistently on the cutting edge of their fields and their doors are always open to students.

Professor Frank Frey honored with Balmuth teaching award
Professors, students and alumnus partner to study New York's opioid epidemic
Professor Meg Blume-Kohout receives NSF grant to research student debt
Learn more about our faculty

A Foundation for Success

A Foundation for Success Liberal Arts

Students explore foundational works and ideas to prepare for a lifetime of success in any field — even those that do not yet exist.

About The Core
Division Of Arts And Humanities
Video: Summer Research
Look Inside Our Classrooms

Experience the world

Experience the world Off-Campus Study

Colgate is ranked number one among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in semester-long off-campus study opportunities, according to the newest Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A leader in off-campus study
Study group information
Open Doors ranks Colgate #1
In video: Students experiences abroad

Go Forth With Confidence

Go Forth With Confidence Careers & Entrepreneurship

Nationally-recognized Career Services support, steadfast alumni involvement, and opportunities for entrepreneurial experience help Colgate students enter the workforce with confidence and poise, ready for careers of their choosing.

Thought Into Action Colgate Entrepreneurs
Graduate Success By Major
Startup Success
Support On Campus And Beyond

Carbon Neutral by 2019

Carbon Neutral by 2019 Sustainability

Only a community of students, faculty, and staff working together can ensure that Colgate reaches its goal of carbon neutrality by 2019.

Office Of Sustainability
Sustainability News
In Video: Going Green
Sustainability In Photos

World-class education, funded

World-class education, funded Financial Aid

Colgate meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. The average debt of a Colgate graduate is $16,000, far below the national average of $28,400.

Colgate Joins Coalition For Access, Affordability, And Success
Fox Partnership boosts financial aid
Learn More About Financial Aid
Photos: In The Classroom

Investing in the future

Investing in the future Residential Life

More than 90 percent of Colgate students live on campus. With the construction of a dynamic new home for career support, Benton Hall, and two new residence halls, we're helping our students enjoy rich, fulfilling lives on campus and forge lifelong connections.

Enhancing living-learning and career development
New residence halls
Housing FAQ
Residential Commons
Learn More About First-Year Housing

A Dynamic Student Life

A Dynamic Student Life Clubs & Organizations

With more than 200 clubs and student organizations, there’s always something to do on campus, and there’s support to help build new organizations should you have a new idea in mind. Last semester, the African Student Union organized a fashion show featuring designers from New York City.

Find A Club
Center For Leadership And Student Involvement
Recreational Sports
Intramural Sports On Facebook

Reaching Ever Outward

Reaching Ever Outward Service Learning

Colgate students use their drive and intelligence to serve their communities. On Alternative Breaks, students use school breaks to develop leadership skills and perform service work in locations near and far. 
Outstanding student-athletes

Outstanding student-athletes Raider Athletics

Congratulations to Colgate's women's hockey team on an outstanding season. The Raiders fell 1-2 to Clarkson in the NCAA Championship game Sunday.

Recap of the double-OT semifinal win over Wisconsin
Fargo named national coach of the year 
Student-athlete Graduation Success Rate 2nd in country
25 Division I Teams

High-tech classroom

High-tech classroom Visualization Lab

For 10 years the 55-seat Ho Tung Visualization Lab has supported the Colgate campus in everything from astronomy classes, to theater performances, to 3D modeling, to screenings of Star Wars.

About the Lab
Lab news through the years
Photo Gallery
Majors and Minors at Colgate

Beautiful. Personal. Rigorous.

Beautiful. Personal. Rigorous. Visit Campus

On our campus in charming Hamilton, N.Y., students work side by side with their peers and award-winning professors to explore the world through their studies. Colgate is alive with research, excitement, and possibility. Schedule a visit and see for yourself.

Schedule A Visit
Take Our Virtual Tour
More Campus Photos
Campus Map

Putting Academics to Work

Putting Academics to Work Student Research

Students have many ways to extend their course work and research beyond the classroom. These opportunities often result in co-authored academic papers and presentations as national conferences.

On-Campus Summer Research
Past Projects
13 Seconds In The Lab
In Photos: Academics At Colgate

Pre-Orientation Adventures

Pre-Orientation Adventures Pre-Orientation

Incoming first-year students have the opportunity to participate in a number of pre-orientation programs. Seven dynamic offerings are available for enrolled students to join.

Pre-Orientation Overview
New student information
First-Year FAQ
In video: Moonlit Canoe

Provost Tracey Hucks speaks at convocation Provost Hucks addresses crowd
Ice climbing with Outdoor Education Student scales ice wall
Family Weekend brings families together Student and parent hug at Family Weekend
Fans celebrate a Colgate hockey win Hockey fans smiling and laughing
Frank Dining Hall features an array of options. Students select food for a meal at Frank
Studio Arts students paint murals Student painting on wall with stencil
Taking in the sights in Venice Professor and students in piazza in Venice
Suyash Handa '20 snapped this beautiful sutumn sunset sunset over Colgate
Gathering around the Homecoming bonfire students sitting around a fire
Studying in the campus sunshine student reading on a bench on campus
Connie Soja works with an intro geology class Professor instructing students in classroom
Solar eclipse lights up campus student wearing eclipse classes
Students share their research findings student explains research from poster